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Fined royal pulls regal waiver

2013-06-07 10:00

ROYAL PAIN? Princess Madeleine of Sweden with commoner fiance Chris O'Neill. The princess has been issued with a traffic violation for driving in a bus lane in Stockholm just days before her wedding. Image: AFP

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A British driver was slapped with a penalty equivalent of R430 for pulling into the bus lane, only to give way to two oncoming fire trucks.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Sweden is adamant on equality to the extent that not even a princess can get away with driving in a bus lane.

The Royal Waiver, so to speak...

Princess Madeleine, 30, was pulled over and fined for driving in a bus lane near the palace in Stockholm on June 4 2013, just days before her fairy-tale wedding to Christopher O'Neill.

ROYAL RANK

She then tried to play the 'royal immunity' card and convinced the officer who had pulled her over that the car she was driving had special permission to use bus lanes, according to a report in the UK's Daily Mail.

Lars Lindholm of Stockholm's traffic unit told the Swedish Aftonbladet newspaper: “The policeman who stopped her felt an uncertainty around the immunity laws and whether they applied to the whole royal family or if there could be an exception for cars from the Royal Court driving in the public lanes.”

PETTY FINE

However only Madeleine's father, the King of Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf, has immunity in such cases so the princess has been issued fined the equivalent to R1500.

The measly fine is just the beginning, according to Aftonbladet newspaper. The drama might not be over...

A Royal Court spokesman argued that even though Madeleine the person does not have immunity her royal car has special permission to use the public transit lanes. A police spokesman declined to comment further.

The Daily Mail also reported that the princess, fourth in line to the Swedish throne, was also apparently responsible for 15 parking tickets being attached to royal cars during 2007.

Should she just pay the petty fine or does she have a royal leg to stand on? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...

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